The truth behind the Super Moon

The truth behind the Super Moon

Starting tonight, sky-gazers will get a change to see the brightest moon of 2019, one called the "super snow moon".

The full moon - also dubbed the "Snow Moon" - will peak on Tuesday morning, February 19, at 8:54 a.m. Arizona time (10:54 a.m. EDT), according to NASA. It coincides with the moon being at its perigee, a point in the moon's orbit when its closest to earth, creating a Supermoon.

In the United States, the moon will reach full peak until Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10:54 a.m. ET, which means it won't be visible for most.

The next supermoon of the year will take place on Tuesday, February 19, but the best time to watch it will be early in the morning (so set those alarms and try to avoid the snooze button).

The term "snow moon" is the historic name given to the second full moon of winter by certain Native American tribes in the US, according to NASA. Due to a number of nuances in the interactions between the sun, Earth and moon, the distance between us and and each supermoon varies a bit.

"The discrepancy of under seven hours results in the nearest Full Moon to the Earth until December 2026". The moon's diameter will appear to be about 14 percent greater than an average full moon, while its brightness is expected to be near 30 percent more than usual.

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The astronomer added: "The Snow Moon sits in the spring zodiac, among the stars of Leo the lion, giving it a favourable altitude of about 50-degrees above the southern horizon around midnight, as seen from London".

You'd need to have a remarkably trained eye to notice the difference between each supermoon.

The snow moon follows last month's super blood moon, making it the second supermoon of 2019.

The alternative name, Hunger Moon, refers to the general difficulty in acquiring food in the middle of winter, at least before modern roads and supermarkets existed.

It'll appear especially large just as it rises above the horizon thanks to "moon illusion" where the brain thinks the moon is bigger than it really is given its location.

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